Im 28 and really would love to go travelling, im going on my own as all my friends are married or have kids. Really dont know where to start on how you go about it all, is it safe for you to go on you're own???? Im thinking of going to asia and oz. How much did people take im thinking of going for a year as i really hate my job and really need to do this to find myself again. would really love some info.
Yes, it is safe to go on your own as long as you keep your wits about you.
Im thinking of going to asia and oz. How much did people take im thinking of going for a year
What citizenship do you hold? For some people under 30 it is possible to go to Australia or New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa.
Travelling in Australia is expensive, many people finance their year there by working in Australia. The Working Holiday Visa makes this legal. It is a very popular option. Many people also travel around South East Asia right before or after they went to Australia.
How much to take depends upon you. Some people started out with only 3000 British pounds, but they planned on working in Australia immediately after arrival.
When you travel for a year around the world the rule seems to be to bring 1000-2000 USD per month plus money for flight tickets, insurance, jabs, medication, etc.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-May-2010, at 16:24 by t_maia ]
Australia you will need a visa. It is expensive to get there. Work is very difficult to come by (it would be hard work for little money if you get some work). Their summer is in the northern winter so October to March is the best time to go. Australia is quite expensive so you would need a fair sum of money to stay for any length of time. Travelling about adds to the cost.
Asia is very varied from India to Singapore, in costs, comforts, lifestyle, etc. You would have to decide what you want before you picked a country or countries.
What I think you really need is a break from the 9-5. I felt the same at your age, and it never went away. I think you are aiming too high for a first holiday on your own. I would suggest a break in Spain for a few weeks or longer. Weather there is pretty good till late in the year (I had some real sunny days in December in Benidorm last year), so you could go September or October, even November and expect mostly sunny days (weather is not guaranteed anywhere). After early September many holiday makers go home and prices come right down, crowds disappear and unless you are party-mad, things are a lot easier.
It does depend on what you want out of a holiday where you go. There are endless reviews about hotels and apartments but none are really trustworthy as you'll see the same place said to be a great place and I'd come back while another reviewer will make it sound like a council tip. The one thing to watch out for is noise, especially in the very busy season (June-August).
You can pick a destination, then take days out from there. It is easy to do by bus or train, and there are tour operators who will book further afield. Spain has had British people going there for decades and most you would meet in a coastal place or tourist area speaks some English, as well as Brits on holiday or living there. Even English newspapers available. Spain is as "safe" as anywhere these days. Try:
PS. If you hate your job, look for another, but don't leave your job till you are 100% you have another, and don't say anything till you are ready to leave.
you are planning to visit ASIA, right? which country do you want to visit? Vietnam, Lao, Thailand........if you want to visit Vietnam just drop me message or contact me any time. I will give you all information about Vietnam especially North.
i'm kind of in a similar situation to you, leaving my job soon as i need a break from travelling to and from London every day 9-5 and have never travelled for a significant length of time before so it's just something i need and want to do.
I admit i felt, and to be fair, still feel a little lost as to where to begin! i'm 25 and i've found now most of my friends have travalled already or just don't want to. For me, it's only now that i'm in a position to be able to travel (i've no idea how people 18-20 are able to afford to travel - i definitely couldn't have afforded it back then!)
As i'm quite apprehensive about travelling alone and with my career still in mind, i've decided to do voluntary work to start off with in NZ i think. Within conservation, for at least a couple of months. i think it's a good way to ease yourself in and gives you a purpose for being somewhere rather than just turning up at a random hostel alone as your starting point. Especially if you've not travelled before. After voluntary work i think i will then travel around for a bit in Australia and play it by ear a bit. Also of course might depend on who you meet and find like-minded people like yourself to travel with.
It might not be something you've thought about or something that simply doesn't suit you but it's quite a good way to start i think so that you don't feel completely lost.
Hope that helps a little! :-)
P.s. just seen your other post, i am travelling by myself so am happy to cross paths! I need to leave by about September 2010 before i go mad living and working in London! 'lol'! Would absolutely love to go to Asia but simply hadn't thought about it yet as not sure i could do it by myself! Seems rather daunting especially as it's non-english speaking but i guess maybe it's one of those things, would probably be fine once you're there.
Good work Vicki. I know how you feel. I'm a little younger (25) but i recently did the same. I was sick of my job, sick of the grind, sick of feeling "comfortable". Like you I felt I really needed to escape. So I quit my job, sold my car and took off on my own with a one way ticket.
Its a hard decision to make, and I certainly had doubts before I left. But honestly, it's the best thing I've ever done. I am now two months in, and have absolutely no regrets.
Sometimes I think you just need to throw yourself in the deep end.